After sharing the Metis story entitled The Giving Tree with every class at Ranchero, Indigenous Education Worker (IEW) Amanda Bailey had each student design a leaf that was a personal representation of themselves.
With the leaves, she built each class a branch that became a part of the tree. Students then papier-mached the tree base and painted it. Bailey comments the base of the tree has beautiful roots and it has a hollow, which the school is currently deciding what would best go there. She said the project was very well received by students. “I love that one older student made a leaf that has LGTBQ+, writing that it is important that everyone knows Ranchero Elementary is an inclusive school.”